A Trip to Town

 I know that many people associate a trip into the countryside as a unique day out. When you live permanently amongst green fields, however, a journey into a large town or city can generate equal novelty. 

Hence,  accompanying Mister E to a hospital appointment today, there was the thrill of dual carriageways, large roundabouts, traffic lights, and the sight of multitudes of people, many of whom were drinking takeaway coffee as they walked.

Leaving Mister E to face the staff-in-scrubs alone, I ventured across the road into a park. Perhaps as a countryside dweller it felt more enticing with its grass and trees than pounding pavements. I admit I was not disappointed by the bench seats beneath a myriad of mature foliage offering ringside views for people watching; there was a sculpture of sorts and, laid out as part of a trail alongside the pathway, an assortment of adult outdoor gym equipment. Yes, I tried it all, ensuring I remembered to sanitise my hands afterwards!

It was interesting to note just how many people appeared to take a diversion across the park rather than stick to the route around its perimeter, many stopping for a seat as they did so, pausing to read a paper or to empty that coffee cup. It was a lovely sunny morning and whilst the birdsong struggled to compete with the sound that emanated from nearby roadworks, there was still a beauty and peace about the place that only green spaces can bring.

I left feeling uplifted. It doesn't matter where we are, urban lawn or rural meadow,  nature and exercise  always have the ability to lighten the mood and elevate the spirits even in the middle of a city.


Jeanette Lewis said…
Both nature and exercise release hormones that increase happy emotions.
Feelings of well-being and contentment are ours if we stop to experience the wonders around us. I love your observation of people walking across the park rather than staying on established pathways!
I agree, nature always helps to lift our spirits...whether it's the countryside or a park in an urban area.
Caree Risover said…
And what I love about retirement is having the time to appreciate those emotions and feelings
Marksgran said…
This is why although I sometimes complain, I appreciate having a dog to take walks. I love walking through various parks in our area and always feel better for doing so.
Caree Risover said…
Dog ownership in our village has rocketed noticeably during the pandemic
Treaders said…
When you live in the country it can be nice to go into town can't it. I have to admit the sight of public transport now almost thrills me, living in my village where the most reliable form of public transport would seem to be a donkey. Still even though I'm a big city girl born and bred, I wouldn't swap!
Caree Risover said…
Funny how different living in one or the other is. Sometimes I can even imagine myself living in a town and then I give myself a shake!
Jennyff said…
Just being somewhere different has really lifted our spirits. Going for our vaccinations and having a coffee felt very special, a visit to a restaurant when it happens could be excitement overload.
Caree Risover said…
It is lovely how events that used to be part of everyday life can now feel so special. Part of me hopes that I shall continue to derive excitement from the banal and commonplace

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